Used alone, electron beam radiation therapy is widely available for the treatment of skin cancer. However, at Golden State Cancer Centers, we combine this therapy with powerful treatment planning software and deliver the radiation using the same linear accelerator we use to provide Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) and Image-Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) for internal cancers. This combination allows for more effective doses of radiation to be delivered to the affected area with less damage to the surrounding skin and tissue. Since skin cancer can appear anywhere on the body, but particularly in the head and neck area, this method of delivering the radiation therapy can help spare critical underlying organs, including the brain.
For patients, sophisticated electronic beam radiation therapy means: